New Delhi: India is one of the largest producers of alcohol in the world and there has been a steady increase in its production over the last 15 years, according to fresh statistics.
As a dominant producer of alcohol in the South-East Asian region with 65% of the total share the country contributes to around 7% of the total alcohol beverage that is imported into the region.
More than two-thirds of the total beverage alcohol consumption within the region is in India, according to figures in the newly-compiled ‘Alcohol Atlas of India´.
There has been a steady increase in the production of alcohol in the country, with the production doubling from 887.2 million litres in 1992-93 to 1,654 million litres in 1999-2000 and was expected to treble to 2300 million litres by 2007-08.
The prevalence of alcohol use is still low in India as per some studies done across the country. The consumption is two litres per person per year.
However, though the overall consumption is low, patterns of alcohol consumption vary throughout the country. Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Northeastern states have much higher proportion of alcohol consumption in the country.
Women tend to drink more in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim in the North East and Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh than in the rest of the country.